To the Editor:

Your recent publication of West Life was yet another outstanding edition, with timely articles on climate change, understanding the impact of internet usage, reducing social media stress and other local interest stories.

The front page article concerning Rocky River's police department's intent to re-examine aspects of their police department was of particular interest to me.

As a person who taught counseling and interpersonal communication to correctional & police officers, and who worked in federal correctional centers, starting as a correctional officer, I recommend police and correctional staff, and others, study Malcolm Gladwell's "Talking to Strangers" and "The Tipping Point."

In "Talking to Strangers," Gladwell dissects the lack of healthy communications between a police officer and a woman he stops in traffic, in a highly publicized case a few years ago.

Gladwell's analysis suggests both the police officer and the woman who was stopped by him, might have better communicated with one another and avoided an escalation of events, which had tragic results.

Gladwell's book “The Tipping Point” examines the vast amount of information any of us need to mentally process, to make a split-second, life-or-death decision.

During COVID-19, we all may need to make split-second decisions to protect ourselves in a manner not harmful to others, if we intend to continue as a functioning democratic society.

Ann Seltzer

Avon Lake

To the Editor:

Word of thanks.

I wish to again thank William Rutger, the director of the Avon Lake Public Library, and his entire staff for their generous support of the 2020 AARP Tax-Aide Program. Although our tax season was cut short due to the coronavirus, we assisted over 360 taxpayers with their federal, state and local returns. We helped secure over $370,000 in tax refunds. None of this would have been possible without the library’s gracious support.

The Avon Lake Public Library provided us with a room to run our program, reconfigured that room on a daily basis, made all the appointments and assisted in the digital setup of our equipment. They could not have been better hosts.

It would be very appropriate to tell the library staff “thanks” on your next visit to the library.

Mike Sweeney, local coordinator
Avon Lake

To the Editor:

Don't miss the roses blooming in the Cahoon Memorial Garden in Bay Village. There are many new roses and it makes a delightful stroll. It looks as though the garden is being revived and this June is the time to see it!

Marjorie Dwyer

To the Editor:

For over 80 years, the Democrats have controlled the Lorain County Board of Commissioners. Suddenly, four months before the election, they declared racism a "Public Health Crisis.” This screams of the typical election season pandering for minority votes. I have seen the statistics on the disproportionate impact of COVID 19 on the African American communities and I am troubled by it. However, paper resolutions with scripted feel-good ideas, lacking real solutions, is a disservice to all members of our community. Citizens of Lorain County sincerely desire to have conversations and constructive debate to reduce the racial divide in Lorain County.

Unfortunately, the commissioners have turned this divide into a political tool, resulting in people being bullied and shamed into silence by the so-called social justice Democrat operatives; so healthy, honest debate is shut down and long-lasting effective solutions remain non-existent. It is time to stop using race as a political tactic and elect leaders who can do more than pass paper resolutions for political gain. How about offering solutions that offer opportunities to all of Lorain County. I will offer up a more representative form of government for the county to vote and decide for its own future. This not only guarantees a minority seat but also a suburban, urban and township seats to have a balanced representation on the board of commissioners.

Everyone will be able to debate and create policies as equals as we implement real change and help reduce racism as we move forward in our great international community here in Lorain County.

David J. Moore

To the Editor:

I certainly don’t think it is “progress” that the new (traffic-speed signs in Avon Lake) are run on batteries instead of solar power. We already have too many batteries in our environment and in our landfills.

Mildred Radvanyi

North Ridgeville

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